World’s first make-up free beauty queen Natasha Beresford is stripped of crown as she drops out of Miss England title battle to be a bridesmaid
The world’s first makeup-free beauty queen goes from her Miss. London crown is stripped while she is out of the Miss. England title fight to be a bridesmaid falls out.
Natasha Beresford (26) beat 18 other women, who all competed ‘bare-faced’, in the first make-up-free competition in Miss London’s 95-year history.
She was going to the Miss in May. England final in Wolverhampton and had a ‘great chance’ of being crowned the winner, say the organisers.
But she gave up the chance to win the title because the final clashed with her best friend’s big day.
So, instead of walking down the catwalk, she will now walk down the aisle as a bridesmaid.
Natasha Beresford (26) beat 18 other women, who all competed ‘bare-faced’, in the first make-up-free competition in Miss London’s 95-year history
Natasha is crowned at the makeup-free pageant. While in previous years contestants were asked to submit photos of themselves without filters, cosmetics or editing as part of the contest, the 2023 contest entrants were prohibited from even wearing lip gloss
Natasha, a dental nurse who is originally from Sheffield and now lives in London, said: ‘Unfortunately I will no longer be representing London and giving the Miss. England national finals in May.
‘My best friend is getting married the same weekend in the north of England, and I’ve already promised to be her bridesmaid.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support during my time in the pageant, and I wish all the Miss England finalists the best of luck.”
Natasha won the Miss last year. England judges wowed with her natural beauty as she wore a white lace gown by Shikoba Bride – who produce ethically and sustainably produced wedding dresses in the UK.
While in previous years contestants were asked to submit photos of themselves without filters, cosmetics or editing as part of the contest, the 2023 contest entrants were prohibited from even wearing lip gloss.
Organizers said the concept aimed to empower women, boost confidence and promote a more realistic body image, as it focused on natural looks.
Runner-up Temi Adeyemi (26), an accounts assistant from Enfield, Middlesex, will now compete as Miss London in the final
Natasha called the miss. England judges wowed with her natural beauty as she wore a white lace bridal gown at the make-up free competition
National director of Ms. England’s Angie Beasley said: ‘We are so disappointed that Natasha didn’t make the Miss. England final cannot participate. She had a great chance.
‘It is such a shame that Miss. England on the same date as her best friend’s wedding.
‘But the show must go on. I wish Natasha all the best.’
She added: ‘Natasha is a true beauty with a purpose to put others first before herself. She doesn’t want to let her best friend down, which is completely understandable.’
Runner-up Temi Adeyemi (26), an accounts assistant from Enfield, Middlesex, will now compete as Miss London in the final.
She said: ‘I was hoping to see the Miss. England final free to embrace natural beauty.
‘For me it’s an empowering statement. It is also an honor for me to represent London. I’m so excited.’
Natasha started working as a dental nurse at the Royal London Dental Hospital in 2021 where she was called ‘a real-life tooth fairy’ providing treatment to children.
She now works at a private dental practice in the capital’s upscale suburb of Chiswick.
Miss London contestants left to right: Winner Natasha Beresford, runner-up Temi Adeyemi, runner-up Afrose Ameen, public vote winner Lauren Malone and runner-up Atlanta Richards
She said in October: ‘I find my job very rewarding. Over the years I have worked in the NHS as well as private and urgent care dental practices.
‘For the future I would like to do further training in dental radiography and oral health education.
‘I also plan to volunteer with Dentaid for their UK outreach dental clinics, where they provide dental care and oral health advice to people experiencing homelessness, survivors of abuse, families in poverty, refugees, cancer patients and people recovering from addiction.’
Natasha added at the time: ‘I am delighted to have been chosen as Miss London. All the girls who took part are so beautiful and truly inspiring, so it was an honor to be chosen.
‘I hope to use my title to inspire young women and girls to feel confident and beautiful in their own skin without makeup.’
At the pageant in September, 19 contestants took to the catwalk completely makeup-free, wearing their own choice of boho-themed ethically sourced clothing.
One of the runners-up, Afrose Ameen (23), from Lewisham, is an engineering student who worked on the Elizabeth Line on the London Underground during its development.
Alanta Richards, a 17-year-old beauty therapy student from Surrey, also took a place in the top five.
The public vote winner was Lauren Malone, 26, a company founder and CEO, who will join the other four women in the Miss England final.
The beauty pageant was held at the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences in London and was sponsored by Cetuem London natural skin care brand.
The Miss England final will take place over two days on May 16 and 17 at the Grand Station in Wolverhampton.